BEST PICTURE WINNERS

From ‘Wings’ to ‘The King’s Speech’ – this page is a central place for indepth facts and trivia about every Academy Award winner for Best Picture from 1927 – Present Day.    Research conducted and collated by Rhett Bartlett. 
(constantly under construction) 

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OVERVIEW
There have been 83 films which have won the Best Picture Oscar.
82 winners have been ‘talkies’.  
1 winner has been a ‘silent’ film.
(although there was a silent version of All Quiet on the Western Front that was theatrically released)

TITLES
Shortest film title to win:  Gigi
Longest film title to win:  Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

No film title that poses a question (ends with a question mark) has won Best Picture
(‘How Green Was My Valley’ does not end with a question mark)

Only film title with exclamation point (!): Oliver!
Only film title with a number: Around the World in 80 Days.

 

BEST PICTURE + OTHER CATEGORIES

Best Picture + Best Director

Only on 21 occasions has Best Director NOT won Best Picture.
The last time was 2005.   Best Director (Ang Lee).  Best Picture (Crash). 
In every decade since the 1920’s, there has been at least one year where Best Pic + Best Dir did not match.  

Best Picture + Best Actress
1934: It Happened One Night
1936: The Great Ziegfeld
1939: Gone With The Wind
1942: Mrs Miniver
1975: One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
1977: Annie Hall
1983: Terms of Endearment 
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1998: Shakespeare In Love
2004: Million Dollar Baby

Best Picture + Best Actor
1934: It Happened One Night
1944: Going My Way 
1945: The Lost Weekend
1946: The Best Years Of Our Lives
1948: Hamlet
1949: Broderick Crawford
1954: On the Waterfront
1955: Marty
1957: Bridge on the River Kwai
1959: Ben-Hur
1964: My Fair Lady
1966: A Man For All Seasons
1967: In The Heat of the Night
1970: Patton
1971: The French Connection
1972: The Godfather
1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
1979: Kramer vs Kramer
1982: Gandhi
1984: Amadeus
1988: Rain Man
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1994: Forrest Gump
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2010: The King’s Speech

Best Picture + Best Actor + Best Actress 
1934: It Happened One Night
1975: One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
1991: Silence of the Lambs

Best Picture + Best Supporting Actor
1937: Life of Emile Zola
1941: How Green Was My Valley
1944: Going My Way
1946: Best Years of Our Lives
1950: All About Eve
1953: From Here to Eternity
1959: Ben-Hur
1961: West Side Story
1974: Godfather II
1978: The Deer Hunter
1980: Ordinary People
1983: Terms of Endearment
1992: Unforgiven
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2007: No Country For Old Men

Best Picture + Best Actor + Best Supporting Actor
1944: Going My Way
1946: Best Years of Our Lives
1959: Ben-Hur

Best Picture + Best Supporting Actress
1939: Gone With The Wind
1942: Mrs Miniver
1947: Gentleman’s Agreement
1949: All The King’s Men
1953: From Here to Eternity
1954: On The Waterfront
1961: West Side Story
1979: Kramer vs Kramer
1996: The English Patient
1998: Shakespeare in Love
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago

Best Picture + Best Actress + Best Supporting Actress 
1939: Gone With The Wind
1942: Mrs Miniver
1998: Shakespeare in Love

Best Picture + Best Actor + Best Actress + Best Supporting Actress 
None 

Best Picture + Best Actor + Best Actress + Best Supporting Actor
None

Best Picture + Best Actress + Best Supporting Actress + Best Supporting Actor
None

Best Picture + Best Director + Best Supporting Actress (est. 1936)
1939- Gone With The Wind
1942- Mrs Miniver
1947- Gentleman’s Agreement
1953- From Here to Eternity
1954- On The Waterfront
1961- West Side Story
1979- Kramer vs Kramer
1996- The English Patient
2001- A Beautiful Mind

Best Picture + Best Cinematography:

 1939: Gone With The Wind
 1940: Rebecca
 1941: How Green Was My Valley
 1942: Mrs Miniver
 1951: An American In Paris
 1953: From Here to Eternity
 1954: On The Waterfront
 1956: Around the World In 80 Days
 1957: Bridge on the River Kwai
 1958: Gigi
 1959: Ben-Hur 
 1961: West Side Story
 1962: Lawrence of Arabia
 1964: My Fair Lady 
 1966: A Man For All Seasons
 1982: Gandhi
 1985: Out of Africa
 1987: The Last Emperor
 1990: Dances with Wolves
 1993: Schindler’s List
 1995: Braveheart
 1996: The English Patient
 1997: Titanic
 1999: American Beauty
 2008: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Picture + Art Direction (first established in 1948)
1948: Hamlet
1950: All About Eve
1951: An American In Paris
1958: Gigi
1959: Ben Hur
1961: West Side Story
1964: My Fair Lady
1966: A Man For All Seasons
1973: The Sting
1981: Chariots of Fire
1982: Gandhi
1984: Amadeus
1987: The Last Emperor
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
2000: Gladiator
2002: Moulin Rogue
2003: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Best Picture + Best Cinematography + Art Direction (est in 1948)
 1951: An American In Paris
 1958: Gigi
 1959: Ben-Hur 
 1961: West Side Story
 
1964: My Fair Lady 
 1966: A Man For All Seasons
 1982: Gandhi
 1987: The Last Emperor 
 1996: The English Patient
 1997: Titanic 

Best Picture + Best Make Up (est 1981)
 1984: Amadeus
 1989: Driving Miss Daisy
 1995: Braveheart
 2003: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Best Picture + Best Cinematography + Art Direction (est in 1948) + Makeup (est 1981)
 
None 

Best Picture + Best Sound Editing (est. in 1960)
 1995: Braveheart 
 1997: Titanic
 2009: The Hurt Locker

Best Picture + Best Sound Editing (est. in 1960) + Best MakeUp
 
1995: Braveheart 
 

Best Picture + Best Sound Editing (est. in 1960) + Sound Mixing
 
 1997: Titanic
  2009: The Hurt Locker

 
Best Picture with no acting nominations.

 1927: Wings
 1929/30: All Quiet on the Western Front
 1931/2: Grand Hotel
 1951: An American In Paris
 1952: The Greatest Show on Earth
 1956: Around the World in 80 Days
 1958: Gigi
 1987: The Last Emperor
 1995: Braveheart
 2003: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
 2008: Slumdog Millionaire

 
Best Picture winners NOT nominated for a screenplay award

 1927/28: Wings
 1928/29: Broadway Melody
 1931/1932: Grand Hotel
 1932/1933: Cavalcade
 1948: Hamlet
 1965: Sound of Music
 1997: Titanic 


 

  
MILESTONES for each Best Picture Winner.

1927/1928 – Wings
 – First silent film to win Best Picture  
 (nb: All Quiet on the Western Front was also released in a silent version)

 – First film to win all categories it was nominated in (2)
– First/Only film to win Best Picture and Engineering Effects
– First film to win without any acting nominations
– First film to win without any directing nomination
– First film to win without any writing nomination
– Last silent film to win Best Picture 

 

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